Welcome to the official site of Kirk Nelson Music! Scroll down to find the latest recordings, a Bio presentation, Press Kit, News and Shows, along with Videos and Catalogue Samples.
Every now and then an album is produced that embodies the music and lyrics that are genuinely “American.” -- Not so much the Folk or Bluegrass origins of our music but the other forms of the “Roots” genre from the United States. Places like New York, Chicago, the West Coast and ground zero of the South - New Orleans… all have their contributions.
“Collectibles” is a selection of time tested tunes written by Keyboard and Vocalist Kirk Nelson… All recently recorded and mastered. His original style of playing and singing lends the spice that gives this anthology its uniqueness… You will hear many aspects of our musical heritage in the material of this release. Not often enough do we get to enjoy the taste of Blues intertwined with Jazz, Gospel and Southern Rock. Kirk serves up a combination of these indigenous elements along with themes and subject matter only he could deliver.
You can tell this man’s outlook by the content of these songs. His maintenance of satirical and wise hooks could be worthy of a sing along all the way to a captivating, thought provoking experience.
Kirk Nelson’s many years as a songwriter, performing artist and producer have all been interjected into this project -- reflecting its integrity.
In this day and age of multi-media deluge, it is refreshing to retract the mind to the simpler state of just good music.
Out now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more!
Kirk Nelson has been showing off since his first piano recital at a very young age. Having a long career as a professional musician with countless appearances he has shared the stage and recorded with many legends such as Buddy Guy, James Cotton and Bo Diddley to more contemporary artists like The Neville Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Cray. He has recently embarked on a project supported by a newly recorded album of blues based material written over the past few years. With the release of “Collectibles” as an independent, Kirk is currently booking shows with the band “Jambalaya West” at local venues in addition to concerts and festivals nationally.
“Rarely do you get to see a performance like this: A unique version of roots music evolved from blues, southern rock and jazz -- all done in a New Orleans fashion!
Kirk Nelson belts out tunes with the energy and articulation only he can deliver along with his keyboard execution reminiscent of great players like Dr. John, Mose Allison and Gregg Allman. He is supported by a band of top notch musicians that make this show an experience to remember. Take a minute or two to check out the band’s video presentation.”
notable past appearances
news & SCHEDULE
Last year was a transitional period for myself that led to the spawning of a fantastic new band. After the album release “Collectibles” in April 2018, I was able to spend time gathering qualified players that really wanted to be part of something exciting and fun — at the same time challenging. As I phased out my trio/quartet and frequent guest appearances with other bands, “Jambalaya West” with 6 pieces started taking on a life of its own.
Currently this band is performing regularly at The House of Blues in Anaheim and a few other places locally. Targeting festivals and city concerts locally and nationally for 2020, “Kirk Nelson and Jambalaya West” is currently recording a new album.
Any new shows for 2019 will be posted in the schedule along with social media notifications as dates approach.
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS AND EVENTS
Saturday September 14th
Private Party - Oceanside
Recent Shows 2019
Saturday September 7th
House of Blues Anaheim - 9PM - 12 AM
Saturday August 17th
House of Blues Anaheim - 9PM - 12am
Saturday, June 22nd
Private Party - Special guest with Jumpin’ Jack Benny
Sunday, June 9th
Malainey’s - Long Beach 4:30PM - JW with The 44’s and Junior Watson
Saturday, June 8th
House of Blues, Anaheim 9PM
Saturday, June 1st
Private Party- Jambalaya West for Jumpin’ Jack Benny
April 13th - March 9th - February 15th and 22nd
House of Blues - Anaheim
Last Year’s Shows
December 29th - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA - 9PM
November 24th - Cabo Wabo - Hollywood, CA - 10PM
November 17th - Knuckleheads - San Clemente, CA - 9PM
November 16th - Mugs Away - Laguna Nigel - 8pm
November 15 - The French Quarter - Bellflower, CA - 8PM
Hosting band for jam night
October 27 - Private Party with The Groove Disciples - Westwood, CA
Michelle Tuthill vocals, Brad Rabuchin guitar, Roger Wynfield bass, Lionel Barton drums
October 20 - The Huntington Hyatt Resort - Huntington Beach, CA 7PM
Special guest with Jumpin’ Jack Benny
OCTOBER 13 - Caldwell Banker Fund Raiser - Arcadia , CA 9AM
OCTOBER 6 - House of Blues -“Lokal Brews and Lokal Grooves”- Anaheim, CA 3PM
“Oktoberfest” with Kirk Nelson and Jambalaya West
Kicked off the event with 25 Breweries and music all afternoon/evening!!
September 29 - San Juan Hills Golf Club - San Juan Capistrano, CA
September 22nd - Fairview Park - Costa Mesa, CA
SEPTEMBER 15th - The Huntington Hyatt Resort - Huntington Beach, CA
SEPTEMBER 1st - Mugs Away - Laguna Niguel, CA
August 18 The Eagles Lodge - Azusa, CA
June 28 - Di Piazza's - Long Beach, CA
March 11th - Colorado River Blues Festival, Parker, AZ
As a Composer/Producer for many years, Kirk Nelson has a catalogue of compositions which include songs and various musical styles. These are available for licensing. New and original compositions for your project can be retained via a ‘work for hire’ arrangement. Just fill out a request for your specific needs in the contact message box below.
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